Maryland and Rutgers became official members of the Big Ten Conference Tuesday afternoon, pushing the total number of programs in the league up to 14.
With their arrival, the conference will realign its divisions from the farcically named Legends and Leaders to the geographically based East and West. It joins the ACC and SEC as the third power conference with 14 overall members and two seven-team divisions.
Because of this official transition—and even more so now that the season is less than two months away!—now seems like a fitting time to take stock of where each football program stands heading into an important Big Ten season.
Based on how they performed last season (and in previous seasons) and whom they return in 2014, here is a power ranking of all 14 current Big Ten members. This does not take the future into account, and it disregards the schedule. It is not a ranking of which teams are most likely to win the conference but an order of which teams would stand the best chance against another on a neutral field.
Can't wait to look like an idiot for these come December!